Statement from the Most Reverend W. Ronald Gainer, Bishop of Harrisburg

March 23, 2017 — (Harrisburg, PA) —

It is with great sadness that I learned of the death of Cardinal William H. Keeler. He served as Bishop of this Diocese from 1983 to 1989. He was a true Churchman whom we are greatly honored to have called a priest of the Diocese of Harrisburg. His roots and Catholic Education in Lebanon, PA prepared him to do great work for the people of God. This area and Diocese benefited significantly from his leadership and passion for service and evangelization. Most notably, during his time as a priest and bishop, he worked fruitfully to advance increased cooperation and warmer relationships between different Christian communities, both locally and nationally.  In addition he served at an international level to foster dialogue and understanding with those of the Jewish faith.

 I thank God for his priestly life and ministry and for his inspiring service to all. May we all pray that the powerful mercy of Jesus has ushered him into the eternal life of heaven.

 Joining in sympathy with the members of his family and with all in the family of faith, we mourn his passing from us with confident hope in the Resurrection. 

 May he rest in the peace of Christ.